Catalonia, a region in north-east Spain, is home to two new fuelling stations set up by Ham Group, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) distributor and transport company. Together with filling station proprietor Bionet, Ham has set up a new public access compressed (CNG) and liquefied natural gas station in Tarragona. In nearby Igualada, a soon to be opened a public UCG-Ham service station will supply CNG. Both stations also dispense other fuels. Ham now has six service stations operational, the others being at Abrera, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Sant Sadurní d’Anoia and Guadalajara.
The station in the municipal district of Tarragona is very near to the AP-7 motorway and the A-7 national highway. It has a CNG pump and one with LNG that now services 15 LNG trucks.
The CNG filling station in Igualada will be completed in a few weeks. It will be open 24 hours a day under self-service regime, with collection through an automatic teller, using bank notes or payment cards (credit or debit). This station will provide service to the renewed municipal fleet of natural gas powered waste collection and street cleaning vehicles. It is located very near to national highway A-2 (Barcelona-Madrid), exit 555 of the A-2.
The Ham Group says that with a total of 6 CNG stations, it is advancing its goal of creating a network of natural gas pumps and contributing to development of natural gas based mobility. The strategic location of all those stations provides a feasible solution to long haul transport, that may refuel with natural gas on its Barcelona-Madrid and/or Barcelona-Valencia route.
LNG, which Ham describes as the fuel of the future for industrial road transport, being the sole present alternative to diesel, may be found at the following Ham service stations: Ham Abrera, ES Area 117 (Guadalajara), and ES Bionet (Tarragona).
(This article compiled using information from a HAM Group press release)